Antivirus programmer turned Kelihos botnet hacker

Several months ago there was a massive spam operation by the name of Kelihos botnet that both Microsoft and partners took offline, this menace having already sent 3.8 billion spam emails a day for some time. What you should know, and perhaps much more importantly, is the following fact: the controller and creator of that spam factory was no less than a former employee of several Antivirus firms.

Andrey N. Sabelnikov from the Russian Federation worked most notably with antivirus vendor Agnitum. Once he began his work on this Kelihos operation, he embedded debug codes into the source of the virus which then allowed the software to download and install the Kelihos machine. It’s undoubtably clear that the fellow in question here got his knowhow from working with the firms he’d worked with in the past whose main goal it is to do away with the viruses he now slung. His LinkedIn page also noted that he’d worked for security vendor Returnil between 2008 and 2011, his stint with Agnitum taking place between 2005 and 2008.

How many hackers do you think studied with the protection agencies they’d hope to bypass in the future? Imagine the ease!

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